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Make Money By Answering Questions with WebAnswers

make money answering questions on WebAnswers

Do you like to write? Do you enjoy trivia? Do you consider yourself to be a fact junkie? Then you could make money by asking and answering questions at WebAnswers. This is a website very similar to Yahoo Answers.   The main difference is that WebAnswers is a revenue sharing website and their members get paid for participation. It is free to register and ask questions.

Members get paid through Google AdSense.   Members can either set up a new AdSense account through WebAnswers or link to an existing AdSense account. New members need to answer at least 50 questions before they are eligible to link their AdSense account to WebAnswers. Once there is $100 or more accumulated in the AdSense account, the member is paid by Google.

 

More detail about AdSense Earnings on WebAnswers

Quality Score

Each contributing member is given a Quality Score rating. The more thorough and accurate answers that you provide, the higher your Quality Score will be. Quality is much more important than the quantity of questions answered.   Quality Scores get a boost when answers are lengthy (not just a few sentences), logical, and written in proper English grammar and spelling.

 

WebAnswers does not reveal exactly how they determine members’ Quality Scores. They won’t divulge the intricacies of the Quality Score system, since they don’t want any members attempting to manipulate the system. It is safe to say that your Quality Score is heavily impacted by level of participation and the quality and completeness of answers.
There is a direct correlation between Quality Score rating and the amount of money you will make. WebAnswers tend to show more ads with a member’s AdSense ID when their Quality Score rating is high. This translates into more AdSense impressions compared to members who have a lower Quality Score. More page impressions increases the possibility of more AdSense clicks on a member’s AdSense ads.

 

In order to get the most out of WebAnswers, you will need to be very active and participate regularly. Successful members stick to answering questions from topics where they are knowledgeable. The members who make the most money are the ones who provide very thorough, detailed answers to several questions per day. It goes almost without saying that members who participate seldom, do not make as much money as the most active members. So, quantity, quality and consistency are very important to the Quality Score rating and earnings potential.

 

Awarded Answers and Adsense earnings

When someone asks a question, they have the option to “award” one person who posts an answer to their question. The Awarded Answer is the answer that the asker chooses as the best answer.

A member makes a percentage on of the AdSense revenue from webpages displaying their Awarded Answers. The asker also earns a percentage of the adsense revenue until the question gets an awarded answer.

 

As mentioned before, members are paid through AdSense. The amount of money earned is based on factors such as the number of clicks to your AdSense ads, the number of page impressions, CPC (Cost per click), and eCPM. Certain advertisers are willing to pay more money per click from the ads that display on WebAnswers.   Ad categories such as Health, Legal, Finance, Beauty tend to have higher AdSense CPC (cost per click) and eCPMs.

 

Please understand that you aren’t allowed to click on your own ads or ask others to. This will get you kicked off WebAnswers and banned from the AdSense program. WebAnswers doesn’t tolerate plagiarized content on their website. Plagiarism could result in termination of a user’s account.

 

Copying and pasting is not allowed. They use a software which detects when users have copied and pasted a group of text from somewhere, even word processing software. Any posts containing copied and pasted text will be flagged and checked by moderators for plagiarism.

 

How much can you earn on WebAnswers?

Don’t expect to make big money on WebAnswers. There is no real way of knowing how much money you will make on WebAnswers, because of the unpredictability of AdSense revenue. Some members are able to earn several hundred dollars per month. What I gleaned from reading forums and responses from members, is that the average member makes about $50-$150 per month by answering a 5-10 question per day. This is just a rough estimate, because people aren’t allowed to give exact figures on their AdSense income and CTR’s.

 

Also, WebAnswers shows member’s ads on different pages through out the website- not just on Awarded Answer pages or questions asked. They don’t tell members where their ads are shown. As far as I know, you can’t track your earnings in Google Analytics. So, it is pretty difficult to tell which webpages are earning more money.

You can also make money by referring traffic to WebAnswers and others to join WebAnswers.

Cons of WebAnswers:
Some of the members who ask questions take a very long time to award answers or never award answers. Each member who participates in answering a question, will receive AdSense impressions on a rotated basis until the question is awarded. The more people who answer a question, the more dilute the earnings potential of the question. So, if 30 people answer a question the asker and all 30 of the members who’ve answered the question will have their AdSense ID rotated on that webpage until an Awarded Answer is selected.

They don’t like for people to put links in answers, especially affiliate and self-promotional links. Therefore, posts that contain links are flagged by their system and moderated. It is a measure taken to reduce spam.

Google has removed their ads from WebAnswers quite a few times. I am not sure why this happens and it could be due to many reasons. My guess is that Google may find some posts on the website that they don’t think are appropriate. When this occurs all members lose AdSense revenue until Google decides to reinstate WebAnswers‘s AdSense account. The last time that this happened the ads were gone for nearly a week.

 

Their support forum for members is not very active. It is supposed to be a place for members to voice their concerns in an organized fashion. The members seem to prefer to just post direct questions and concerns through WebAnswers. That’s okay, but I think it would be easier for members to access this type of info in the dedicated support forum. The owners of the website don’t seem to be very active over there. Since I joined, I haven’t heard any updates from them, including when problems arise.

 

One thing that should be pointed out is that WebAnswers is not open to people in all countries. Check the terms of service to find out whether you are eligible to register.

 

I am a firm believer in not putting your eggs in one basket, so I spend just a few days a week there. I do it to keep my participation levels up and my account active.  Some people complain that as their participation drops, their earning levels and AdSense impressions decline.  Another thing that I should add is that once you submit content to WebAnswers, you lose copyrights to what you publish there.   So, be sure to keep this in mind.

 

I joined WebAnswers in March 2014 and expect good things from them. I plan to experiment with it for some time and see what develops.

Are Writedge and DailyTwoCents Suitable Alternatives to Bubblews?

I am currently researching alternatives to writing on Bubblews.  This led me to a couple of revenue sharing websites called, DailyTwoCents and Writedge. They are jointly owned by Danielle McGaw and Michelle Harlow.  Writedge (WE) and DailyTwoCents (DTC) are partner sites. DailyTwoCents is a website similar to Bubblews and it allows people to write and publish short articles of at least 100 words.  One of the site owners is a former member of Bubblews, who didn’t get paid by Bubblews and I think they deleted her account.  She “fought back” by starting her own website.

 

Bubblews has many issues with delayed payment to its contributing members.  Bubblews have raised their cash out threshold from $25 to $50 last year.  They also increased the amount of time that it takes to be paid, from roughly a week to about 35 days now.

 

I have been checking online for what people are saying about DailyTwoCents and Writedge.  The reviews are overwhelmingly positive; Other than low traffic (compared to similar sites), I have yet to find anything that raises a red flag for me.  There haven’t been any complaints that I know of about delayed or missing payments from DTC or WE.  They have a Facebook page set up, where the owners are active.

 

They are much more responsive to the questions and concerns of their writers than Bubblews tends to be.  Some members on Bubblews report that they don’t receive good member support and very ambiguous and often rude answers from Bubblews support staff on issues. Some members had their accounts deleted without notice along with their accumulated earnings.

 

Writedge and DailyTwoCents has a PPV compensation system, which pays a little lower compared to Bubblews.  DailyTwoCents and Writedge pays ½ cent per unique view, while Bubblews pays 1 penny per view, like, share or comment.  WE and DTC doesn’t pay for likes, shares, or comments.  The payout minimum at WE and DTC is only $5, which is much lower compared to Bubblews’s $50 minimum payout threshold.

 

WE and DTC allow something that Bubblews doesn’t allow; Their contributors are permitted to insert affiliate and self-promoting links.  You are allowed to insert a few links, within reason. This offers contributors more opportunity to make more money and get increased exposure on other projects.  The  sweetest part is that the contributor gets to keep 100% of the revenue from their affiliate sales.

 

They are also accepting content that was previously published on other platforms like Squidoo or Hubpages.  The previously published content must be deleted from other places on the web and de-indexed from search engines prior to re-publishing.

 

Another thing that I like about WE and DTC is that they have standards. Bubblews doesn’t edit any post, which results in higher degree of plagiarism and low-quality garbage getting published there.  This isn’t a good practice in the long-term for search engine optimization, relevance and rankings.  I have actually seen several posts published on Bubblews with a string of incoherent nonsense, stuffed with keywords.  Not good.

 

DailyTwoCents edit posts prior to publishing them, which results in higher quality content.  You aren’t allowed to publish any and everything there.  Editors will check over the first 3- 5 submitted posts in order to ensure that they meet a certain quality level before the posts are published.  So, it is not possible to submit plagiarized, spammy content, filled with spelling and grammatical errors.

 

There is an unspoken rule that members on Bubblews are not allowed to write on subjects that entail making money.  Or, subjects that can lead the members away to competitors.  DTC and WE doesn’t seem to have any issues with publishing submissions related to these topics.

 

Though I am reluctant to call them a scam, I don’t feel 100% assured in writing for Bubblews.  They have the reputation of not paying for articles that go viral- even, when the poster follows all of their rules.  I’ve got the lingering feeling that one day I may not get paid for all my contributions or that my account may be mysteriously deleted without warning.  Diversification is important to me and I dabble in many different platforms to spread my eggs into different baskets.

 

So, I am seriously contemplating whether I should delete all of my better quality posts which I have published there, and find other platforms to republish them.  I have about 200 posts published on Bubblews.  I will likely re-write and tweak the content before moving it.

Massive Changes at Bubblews

The entire look and feel of the website was revamped. Here are some of the major changes that occurred. In general the changes have made the website more enjoyable and easier to navigate.

1. The dislike button was eliminated. That’s cool, since I didn’t hate on or troll other members like that. If I don’t like someone’s post, then I just move on to another one. Some people were abusing it.

2. Members can no longer like or dislike comments.

3. Bubblews added the ability to delete comments. Yay! Members are more empowered to get rid of people who leave spam or idiotic comments.

4. They limited the ability to edit posts. The option to edit posts is only open for a short while, although I can’t be sure how long. I wanted to update some old posts but that option is no longer available.

5. It now takes about 30 days to get your money after cashing out. It used to be around 72 hours after hitting the redeem button that you would receive an e-mail notification about your payment. Then, members were supposed to receive their payments within about five business days after that e-mail. Bubblews started having problems with delayed payments to members. Hopefully, this will give them a chance to get caught up with paying their members.

6. The website moves much faster now, with fewer errors and less downtime. The 504 error is a thing of the past. It is now easier to leave comments, without double posting them.

7. It is easier to upload pictures from Pixabay. Members can search through Pixabay for free images in the public domain to put on their Bubblews posts.

8. The notifications page is improved. It is broken down into different tabs, with a tab for “likes ” received on your posts and a tab dedicated to comments left on your posts. The confusing “commented on your comment” thread in the notifications was removed.

9. They removed the ability for members to leave comments on another member’s profile page. I was happy about this, since the comments cluttered the profile page and most of the comments were spam.

10. It seems that spammers and plagiarists have dramatically decreased. I think that Bubblews staff will eventually weed out all of most of them as they continue to refine their system. The other members are taking a stand by deleting the spam and reporting members who violate the rules.

11. Many members are complaining that their earnings have decreased, while others are saying that their earnings have increased. My overall earnings per post have dropped a little. I haven’t quite figured out what I need to do to get it back up.

12. Members can no longer hog the front page of Bubblews for days at a time. Now, more members have a better shot at getting their posts on the front page of Bubblews for at least 10 minutes.

13. Bubblews removed the categories. People are compensating for this by using more tags. The “+” and dashes are used for tagging words and phrases. “&” is used to tag another member in a post or comment.

14. Some of the interlinks and tags disappeared in older posts. This is a glitch that will probably be fixed.

15. The archive wasn’t great before. Now it has gone from bad to worse. I don’t know how to easily access many of my old posts. If I run a title search with their search tool, I may or may not find some of my old posts.

16. The like icon is now a star. When you click it to like a post, the star turns yellow.

17. The bank is cute now. It displays how much earnings are currently there and how much you have to earn before the next redemption.

18. I think that their referral program is gone. I don’t see any information on the site regarding the program. I don’t have access to my referral link.

19. Some Bubblews members are reporting that they were paid some of their missing redemptions.

20. Views to posts and earnings per post aren’t as predictable. Some of my newly published posts are making less than $.50 after the first few days published. But, other posts perform much better and earn much more. It is hit or miss in trying to figure out the types of posts that will earn more money now.

Yahoo Contributor Network Shutdown and Squidoo is Merging with Hubpages

Yahoo! shutdown the Yahoo Contributor Network and Yahoo Voices the end of July 2014 and all of the published articles were deleted from their servers.  I wrote a short review about the Yahoo Contributor Network in another blog post.

Even though I wasn’t active there, I am a little upset to see them go. This was one of the first websites that allowed me to publish my content and get paid for it.

I published less than 40 articles, and continued to receive a few dollars in Performance Payments every couple of months. It’s not much, but every bit helps if you want to buy a cup of Starbucks.

I had stopped publishing for YCN over a year, ago. I developed a bit of a distaste for them after I submitted an article to them and never heard anything back (even after 10 business days). I deleted the article from YCN and published it on my personal blog instead.

There are some contributors who published hundreds and even thousands of articles on Yahoo Contributor Network. Many of them were making hundreds to thousands monthly in Upfront Payments and Performance Payments. To see all of that residual income vanish with short notice has to be devastating. Not only does this impact their income, it also impacts the amount of time that it will take for them to download those articles and come up with another plan.

The contributors are going scramble to find somewhere else to put their writing. They will do this in order to keep their residual income stream flowing.

And another one goes down in smoke… Squidoo is shutting down, too!

Squidoo announced that it is closing down. Helium is closing down in December and I hear that Zujava lost their Amazon Associates account. Suite 101 is no more. I see a recurring trend here. As the saying goes: “The only thing that is constant is change”. Many user generated content mills and revenue sharing websites have either shutdown or have problems paying their contributors.

Squidoo is a writing platform founded by Seth Godin that allowed individual authors to publish articles called “lenses”. I joined in 2010, but decided not to publish there, because I didn’t like some of their rules and standards for publishing. I lost interest in Squidoo a few years ago when I noticed how much poorly written stuff was published there. Plus, I didn’t like the way that they treated some of their publishers. Lenses (the articles published on Squidoo) seemed to be locked in an arbitrary fashion, without warning.

Squidoo was acquired by Hubpages (another publishing platform). Lensmasters (the publishers on Squidoo) with at least one featured lens are permitted to migrate their work over to Hubpages, if they wish to do so.

Squidoo was hit really hard by the Panda update, along with many other similar websites. So, the update caused a reduction in search engine traffic, which led to reduced readership and revenue. Hubpages was able to bounce back a little from the Panda update. I don’t think that Hubpages ever made a full recovery of most of its high ranking in Google and traffic. Some of the authors on Hubpages complain that they aren’t making nearly as much money as they were prior to Panda. Many of them have jumped ship due to this fact.

I am going to be honest. When you submit your content to a revenue sharing website, you are building up their internet property and adding value to their system. More good quality and relevant content and media added to a website tends to make Google happy.

The biggest takeaway that I get from this situation is that they can kick you to the curb, whenever they want. They don’t care about your bills and the amount of time that you have invested into producing content and helping their business. They probably won’t be moved if you were to scream “Murder!” and cry tears of blood about the debacle.

Just look at how much courtesy and respect that Squidoo paid to their contributors by dropping the bomb on them at such short notice. The owners of revenue sharing websites are obligated to look out for their own best interests; your interests and financial welfare take a backseat to theirs.

I won’t come down on user-generated content mills and revenue share websites too harshly; that would be like throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water. There are some benefits to utilizing them. Revenue sharing websites are fine for building up a portfolio and earning some residual income. They are not a permanent or dependable income stream. We should never become overly dependent on them. If you are going to use them and other third-party money making systems, keep in the back of your mind that you aren’t in control.

Like I said in my video, diversify your income and your efforts. Don’t make the mistake of putting all of your eggs in one basket. Again, look at what has happened to some of the people whom have published their content on Squidoo. Some of them published anywhere from hundreds to thousands of articles there. Those articles were netting many of them hundreds to thousands of dollars per month in residual income.

Now, they are going to hustle and scramble to find a way to replace their lost income. They are going to need to figure out if they should rewrite, repurpose their content, republish it or retire it. Some platforms don’t want content that has been published elsewhere on the web- even if the content has already de-indexed in search engines. So, it may or may not be a good decision to try and put the articles up on another website.

I would love to go on about this, but I think that I have rambled about it enough and beat this topic into the ground. So, I will leave you with this: You can either stop using revenue share websites/user-generated content mills or continue to use them. The choice is yours. If you decide to continue using them, get what you can out of revenue sharing sites, but make sure that you create your own internet property and other revenue streams.

 

Just Write: A College Degree is Not Required to Have A Successful Career in Writing

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I visited a writing forum and one of the members said something that concerned me: She said that she wished that she had went to school to learn how to write. She had received several harsh and negative comments and criticism on her writing skills.

 
Well, my stance on her sentiment is that you don’t need to go to college and earn a degree in writing in order to master the craft of writing. If she continues on her present path, then she will eventually improve her writing skills, without investing thousands of dollars into a potentially worthless college degree.

 
People have a misconception that a formal education is required in order to become a professional writer. A formal education where the writer has receive extensive training in writing is very helpful, but it is definitely not requisite. There is no such thing as perfection in writing. What is required most is competence and an audience.

 

How to improve your writing:

Get started with writing. Purchase some pens and a couple of durable wire bound notebooks and just start free writing anything that comes to your mind. Even if your writing does not make sense in the beginning, that’s fine. The idea is to get something down on paper in rough draft form. You can always go back and build upon your original ideas and then revise and edit as needed.

 
Keep writing. Set aside a time during the day, specifically for the purpose of writing. Do it at a time when you are well rested and have some peace and quiet. I find that I am the most creative when I wake up in the morning. So, I freshen up and have a cup of coffee and sit down with notebook and jot down my ideas. Sometimes my initial ideas are very fragmented and written in stream-of-consciousness style. I do this for a few hours every day.

 
Set a writing goal. Determine what your objectives are. What type of writing are you most interested in? How long do you want your pieces to be? My personal goal is to write at least 1000 words per day for either my blogs or other writing platforms.

 
Edit and Proofread. Keep a dictionary and thesaurus handy as you write. There are free resources available on the internet to help you check for misspellings, word contexts and synonyms. When you are ready, type up your writings into word processing software. Don’t forget to use the spellchecking features of any word processing software that you use. You should also proofread your writing to ensure that it makes sense and properly conveys your message. Have a friend or colleague proofread your writing. Another person may catch the mistakes that you overlook.

 
Read other authors’ works. This will give you inspiration and ideas on what to write about. You don’t want to simply mimic other people’s writings, as this is plagiarism. Read from the perspective of learning what you can take from their writings, to help you develop your own voice and style of writing. Reading will also help you to improve your vocabulary and expand your knowledge.

 
Join a writing group or take writing workshops or webinars. The leader and members of the group will give your writing constructive criticism and feedback. Successful and published authors may attend writing workshops and can provide valuable insights and tips into the world of publishing and writing. This is also an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and professionals.

 
Use style guides. These are reference books which provide guidelines on the acceptable grammar usage, syntax, format, citation and styles of writing in different genres. The type of style guide that you need will depend on the type of writing that you pursue. Many style guides are revised annually. Each publishing company or organization has its own standard and rules for editing and writing. Webmasters make their rules available for internet copy writers and editors to familiarize themselves with them.

Free writing resources available on the internet:

www.dictionary.com
www.thesaurus.com

Grammar Girl
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Infoplease
http://www.infoplease.com/homework/writingskills1.html

Writersdigest
http://www.writersdigest.com/

 

Examples of Style Guides:


The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition: This is a well-known, concise, general writing guide. It can be purchased on Amazon.com or read for free over the internet at Bartelby.com.

 

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
:
It is a reference manual used in social sciences, humanities, and general writing.

 

The Associated Press Stylebook 2013 (Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law)
:
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law is produced by the Associated Press and is used mainly in journalism and public relations.

 

You can read a free, truncated version of the AP Stylebook here:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/735/02/

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
:The American Psychological Style Manual is used mainly for social science research paper writing.

 

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition
: This reference is geared towards writers of academic research papers and scholarly works in the humanities.

 

© Copyright 2014  Susan Broadbelt

Earn Some Extra Cash Writing For Bubblews

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I stumbled upon this website in December 2013, while doing Google searches for ways to make extra money online.  It is a revenue sharing website and social blogging platform that allows people to express their thoughts and ideas on just about any topic (within their policy agreement).  Bubblews is open to people in the United States and all over the world.

What are some of The Pros of Using Bubblews?

It has a very user-friendly interface.  You aren’t required to learn any HTML coding or be a professional writer to make money there.  You can write about almost anything that comes to mind, and make money off it.  The website design is very clean and uncluttered.   Most of the other “Bubblers” or people that participate on Bubblews, are cordial and will make helpful suggestions to other users.

Bubblews is a revenue sharing website, meaning that writers are paid some of the advertising revenue generated from Bubblews.   Members are credited a penny for each unique page view to their posts. You are credited a penny whenever someone “likes” a comment or post that you wrote.  You are credited when someone shares one of your posts, too.  Members are permitted to make up to 10 posts per day.

Each post must contain a minimum of 400 characters (not words).   You could easily come up with something to write about as there are no assignments, and the webmasters don’t tell anyone what to post.  Their rules appear fairly straightforward and  simple to follow.

Members can redeem earnings once “The Bank” reaches $50.  The earnings can be redeemed by e-check or PayPal.  I takes about 72 hours to receive an e-mail notification from them that your e-check is on the way.  After that, it takes another 3-5 business days for the e-check to clear in a PayPal account.

It seems that the more posts that you make, the more page views and earnings you make.  Also, the more “Connections” and interactions you make there, the greater your earnings.

The average member making posts occasionally, will make a few pennies or dollars here and there.  Nothing to get excited about.  There are quite a few members who claim to make several hundred dollars per month (or more).  These are very active members, with thousands of connections on Bubblews.  You need to put in a lot of work and remain active in order to reach regular payout thresholds.

What are Some of The Cons of using Bubblews?

Bubblews is glitchy at times.  On many occasions, I have attempted to log on and got a “504 error” or some other message that the website was offline.   You can end up wasting time browsing through the “Notifications Page”.  For example, I am not very fond of the so-and-so ‘commented on your comment” notification.  This notification appears each time that someone comments on a post that you left a comment on.  It is not very clear whether any person even commented on a comment that you made.

Also, there is no control over who is allowed to leave comments on your posts.  In other words, you can’t moderate your posts.  So, anyone can leave offensive remarks on your post and you can’t remove them yourself.  However, you could make a complaint to the staff at Bubblews to have spam and offensive comments removed by sending an e-mail and clicking on the “Flag this” button.   It is rare for people to harass others there, as it is against their policy and could result in account removal.

There is no editorial oversight on Bubblews. So, anything that you write can be submitted instantly.  Although there are members who submit very engaging and informative posts, many of the people writing posts there tend to submit posts which are very dull and uninteresting.  Others submit posts filled with spelling,  grammar and syntax errors.

Another thing is that some of the writers there have complained that either their payments were delayed or that they did not receive some of their payouts.  It is possible that some of these people violated Bubblews terms of service agreement in some way.  Several others whom have run into this issue say that they followed all of the rules to the letter, but still had the problem.   Some people complain that their accounts were deleted for no apparent reason.

I have never had these issues and most of the people who have been using the website for a number of months haven’t had any of those issues, either.   So far, I have been able to cash out once for a little over $50.  I will continue to make posts there and participate unless I start to have the same problems.

Some people “connect” with other members in the hopes that the other members will connect back and start reading their posts.   Many of them have no intention of reading your posts.  It can be annoying when you catch on to this tactic.  I usually stick to reading the posts of members who submit educational or interesting content.

Overall, I really do like Bubblews and I recommend it as a way to earn a few dollars here and there, while having a little fun.  But, remember not to put all your eggs in one basket.  Join today!   www.bubblews.com

 

 

© Copyright 2014  Susan Broadbelt

Making Side Money On The Yahoo Contributor Network

Yahoo Contributor Network (formerly known as Associated Content) is an online platform where writers can publish content on a variety of interests and passions while getting paid to do it. Associated Content was purchased in 2011 by Yahoo for $100 million. Soon thereafter, Associated Content became known as Associated Content by Yahoo and then the Yahoo Contributor Network. The purchase was a move to provide more content to its audience at a much lower cost. The web address for viewing content and logging in to an account is www.voices.yahoo.com. Contributors are allowed to produce and submit almost any type of content to the website, provided that it does not violate the terms of service agreement and that it Is not deemed as offensive.

When I joined back in 2009, the website was a bit more liberal in allowing most contributors to place content on its website. Contributors mainly needed to have the ability to produce original content, with marginal to fair writing skills and good (not great) English grammar and spelling skills. However, over the past few years, there were several updates to the Google search engine algorithms. Websites with poorly written, duplicate content were penalized with lower rankings in the Google search engine. Associated Content developed a reputation in certain writing circles as a “content farm”, meaning that much of the content placed on the website was viewed by some as poor quality. I won’t call anyone out, but based on some of the articles that I have read there from certain contributors, I found that to be partially true.

Prior to the Google updates, I was able to write an article and publish it on Associated Content almost immediately. Nowadays, the process of submitting an article and having it accepted by the Yahoo Contributor Network is more rigourous. All articles must be reviewed by an editor and is usually accepted or denied within 10 business days. If the content passes the muster of the Submission Guidelines then it is good to go and usually published. Article length is generally between 400-600 words.

Contributors have the choice of submitting unsolicited articles or submitting articles from the Assignment Desk. An “unsolicited article” is an article that a contributor writes on a topic of his or her choice. An “Assignment Desk” article is just as the name implies: the contributor will go to the Assignment Desk and select an assignment there to write about and then submit the finished article to an editor for review. There are usually guidelines that need to be followed for submitting an Assignment Desk article, such as how much the contributor can expect to be paid for accepted articles and how many words the article must be.

There are two main systems of compensation with this website: Performance Payments and Upfront Payments. Performance payments are based on the amount of views that an article receives. It is calculated and paid in the range of $1- $2 per 1000 views to an article. So for example, you have an article that recieves 2700 page views in one month. And your performance payment level is $1.50 per 1000 pages views, then you will be paid $4.05 for that particular month and that article. Assignments for Upfront Payments are obtained through the Yahoo Contributor Assignment Desk. Articles have the potential to earn performance payments for as long as the article remains published through YCN.

Although the pay is not great for an experienced professional writer, it is a good way for a newbie to the game of blogging/ internet writing to get his or her feet wet, gain some exposure, and earn a few extra dollars. Contributors aren’t allowed to use their profile and articles for self-promotion purposes. They are allowed to place links to their “affilliations”, blogs and websites in their contributor profiles, though. I have been contacted in my inbox by people interested in having me write for them. So it is a good way to network and put yourself out there.

In order to be eligible to write for The Yahoo Contributor Network, you will need to be a U.S. Citizen or resident and at least 18 years old, with a valid PayPal account. If you want to use a pen name, this is permitted. At the same time YCN has rules about the type of pen names you can use and suggests that you use your real name and a good profile picture of yourself.

All in all, my experience with YCN has been a positive one. I have not had any major problems with comment trolls or spammers. I simply delete the few offensive comments and block the pain-in-the-ass commenting and keep it moving. Their forums and blog generate a lot of useful information as well. I had to contact the staff of Yahoo only once or twice for help with some website technical issues and questions. Those times the staff responded in a few business days and were able to address my concerns quickly.

One thing that the Yahoo Contributor Network has that it did not have when I started, is the Academy. Contributors learn more about how to navigate through the system and produce better quality content through the Academy. It is open to both new and seasoned Yahoo contributors. Enrollees learn things like, how to set up an eye catching profile, how to promote their content, and how to use proper SEO in content.

Have I made lots of money? No. There are definitely other platforms where professional writers command a higher pay for their work. When I run the numbers and average everything out. My articles have generated around $3 each since I started producing content on YCN. Bare in mind that I only have less than 40 articles published there and that I have not published an article on that platform, since 2011. Yet my articles still generate a little residual income.

Other things to consider are that I haven’t asked for Upfront Payments on my articles and the earning on my published articles are from Performance Payments. I have not been very active with YCN lately, nor have I promoted the content that I produced since 2010. There was even a period of time that I missed out on Performance Pay, because I did not log into my account regularly. I would say that my earnings are probably in line with my minimal output and participation.

If did more work, then it is only logical that my earnings potential would increase. There are many contributors to YCN who earn hundreds or even thousands of dollars monthly at YCN. These are contributors whom have gained notoriety through consistent production and hard work.

The amount that you earn may also depend on the demand for the topic and type of content that you produce. I have found that certain topics such as celebrity gossip and current events may garner more page views on some of their sites. This will translate into more money. My highest paying article on YCN has to do with a salacious topic about a former reality TV personality. It’s sad to say, but unless you have a huge following, other topics/genres like history or sociology are not as popular. In my opinion it is a reflection of American obsession with popular culture.

If you love to write and express yourself, then The Yahoo Contributor Network may be a good match for you. Check it out!  www.voices.yahoo.com

 

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